Missing Monaco: Why the Glamorous Street Race is so Special

May 20, 2020
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Formula 1 should have been heading to its most iconic race this week, but the streets of Monte Carlo will remain quiet this year for the first time since 1954.

But why does the Monaco Grand Prix have such a special place in the hearts of fans and drivers alike? Checo and Lance explain…

“It’s a very special place” says Checo. “It’s a place where you have to be very committed, very confident, and just be very precise.”

Lance agrees: “It’s an amazing sensation we experience at Monaco. When a Formula 1 car comes alive around Monaco it’s something else. 

“You don’t get as much trial and error as with other circuits. You gotta think twice before braking that little bit later and carrying that little bit more speed into the corner. But it’s an amazing sensation.”

Even on a track as iconic as Monaco, where every corner presents a unique quirk and characteristic, our dynamic duo are still able to pick out a favourite spot.

“I love the middle sector,” explains Lance. “The hairpin, coming out of the tunnel, braking into the chicane, then that fast left-hander. That’s mega. That’s about as good as it gets behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car.”

Checo’s favourite corner may come as a bit of a surprise: “I enjoy the Nouvelle Chicane a lot. Although I had my biggest crash in Formula 1 there, I love that corner – it’s very challenging.”

For Lance, it’s clear how much it means to be racing in the principality: “Driving around Monaco is spectacular. It’s not about the racing, it’s about the man behind the wheel.”

He continues, “Those streets are brutal and there’s definitely a lot of flirting with the walls.

“You almost get tunnel vision in Monaco, you know? Through the barriers, it’s almost as if you’re in your own little world. It’s like there’s nothing else going on at that moment in time.”

And if the pair were to describe the Monaco Grand Prix in three words?

“Exciting, challenging, precision,” for Checo, but Lance was more direct: 

“Don’t screw up!”